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The structure was built upon wooden faggots on a gravel bed with unusually shallow foundations of 18 inches (46 cm) and the main body was completed in only 38 years.
There are rich fields and fertile valleys abounding in the fruits of the earth and watered by the living stream.
The city wall surrounds the Close and was built in the 14th century, again with stones removed from the former cathedral at Old Sarum.
The wall now has five gates: the High Street Gate, Gate were original, while a fifth was constructed in the 19th century to allow access to Bishop Wordsworth's School in the Cathedral Close.
There is a seat for the Virgin Patroness of our church to which the world cannot produce a parallel.
Work on the new cathedral building—the present Salisbury Cathedral—began in 1221.